MANILA - The Philippine Embassy in the United Arab Emirates has warned the public against fake job offers and illegal recruiters offering "jobs" in the country.
In a Facebook post, the embassy said there have been people on Facebook claiming it is easy to get a job as a household worker in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
"Huwag maniwala sa mga umaakit sa FB na madaling maging household worker sa Dubai o Abu Dhabi. May ban po sa kasalukuyan ang mga household workers na Pilipino sa UAE simula pa ng 2014," it said.
(Do not believe those on Facebook who say it is easy to get a household worker job in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. There is a ban on the deployment of Filipino household workers to UAE since 2014.)
The embassy added that because of the ban, almost 5,000 Filipinos sought the help of the government in 2019 so they can return home.
"Katunayan, noong 2019, halos limang libong Pilipino ang humingi ng saklolo sa Philippine Embassy at tumagal dito ng ilang buwan bago nakauwi sa Pilipinas matapos mabiktima ng mga illegal recruiters," it added.
(In fact, in 2019, almost 5,000 Filipinos sought the help of the Philippine Embassy and it took them months before they can return to the Philippines after they were victimized by illegal recruiters.)
"Huwag maging biktima kagaya nila! Luha ang kapalit habang ang mga illegal recruiters ang yumayaman!" it added.
(Don't be a victim like them. You'll end up in tears while illegal recruiters become richer.)
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier said most of those repatriated were migrant workers who were victims of trafficking.